One lazy Sunday afternoon, with nothing much to do, I decided to watch a tutorial video about sewing machines. I have been sewing for 40 years, but figured I might pick up one or two helpful hints. Oh, the contrary; I discovered multiple hints, tips and, best of all, the use of all those sewing machine attachments. Yes, my machine came with a manual, and I read it when I first got my machine, 20 years ago, but to actually see someone describe and illustrate how each attachment works, was inspiring. How many other seamstresses neglect their manuals and their sewing machine attachments, favoring only a few that they use routinely?
Probably the most used attachment of them all is the pressure foot. It is designed to be used with straight or zigzag stitching.
Clear pressure foot
The clear pressure foot works the same as a regular pressure except that you can see the stitches as they are sewn, allowing for a more uniform and accurate stitch.
There are actually two types of zipper feet. One sews the zipper to the garment with the zipper foot riding over the top holding the zipper positioned in the center. The other sews the zipper from the outer edge of the zipper. You may need to practice more with the second type in order to ensure you zipper is sewn straight.
This handy tool allows you to make perfectly sized buttonholes. You position the button in the holder (usually located at the back of the device), set your machine settings and the buttonhole is made based on the size of the button you placed in the holder.
If you are sewing smooth material, such as vinyl or leather, this is the attachment to use. It prevents the material from crumpling or slipping.
Springaction Quilting foot
This attachment is used for free motion quilting. It allows the quilter to move the fabric freely in any direction. The darning plate is used along with the springaction quilting foot.
One-fourth quilting foot
This is a useful attachment when a quilter wants to make the perfect one-fourth inch seam for pieced quilt tops.
This would be used if you were using two different colored threads when wanting to make decorative stitches.
This round plastic cap is used to help hold the thread spool on the spool pin. It also helps keep the thread from becoming tangled on the spool pin.
The darning plate covers the feed dog when darning, free motion quilting or doing embroidery or other decorative stitching.
Brush and screwdriver
The screwdriver is used to open certain parts of the sewing machine to allow entrance of the small brush for cleaning.
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